Associate and Senior Regional Active Transportation Planner with Southern California Association of Governments

Southern California Association of Governments is currently seeking two independent self-starters with excellent communication, coordination, analytical, and presentation skills to fill the positions of Associate and Senior Regional Active Transportation Planner. Under general direction of the Manager of Active Transportation (ATP) & Special Programs Department within the Planning Division, this position will assist in the development and implementation of the Regional Active Transportation Program and the Regional Active Transportation Plan. The Regional Active Transportation Plan is a component of Connect SoCal, a long-range visioning plan that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals.  Active Transportation elements include a stand-alone appendix and integration of active transportation strategies into the scenario planning, modeling, funding, and outreach components of the larger plan.

Southern California Association of Governments is currently seeking two independent self-starters with excellent communication, coordination, analytical, and presentation skills to fill the positions of Associate and Senior Regional Active Transportation Planner. Under general direction of the Manager of Active Transportation (ATP) & Special Programs Department within the Planning Division, this position will assist in the development and implementation of the Regional Active Transportation Program and the Regional Active Transportation Plan. The Regional Active Transportation Plan is a component of Connect SoCal, a long-range visioning plan that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals.  Active Transportation elements include a stand-alone appendix and integration of active transportation strategies into the scenario planning, modeling, funding, and outreach components of the larger plan.
 
OUR LOCATION
SCAG headquarters is located in the hub of busy downtown Los Angeles, at Figueroa and 7th streets. In early 2018, SCAG relocated to the 900 Wilshire Building, a new, multi-use hotel and office complex that features state of the art architecture and technology and LEED Gold Certification. The downtown location is vibrant and exciting with LA Live, new restaurants, music, sports, shopping, libraries, museums, theaters and residential opportunities. SCAG is in a culturally diverse area near excellent public transit access and Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Olvera Street and Grand Central Market. Southern California boasts near-perfect weather and close proximity to mountains, beaches and deserts, which encourages physical fitness and year-round activities.

The office is located across the street from the 7th Street/ Metro Center Station and is easily accessible by LA Metro's Blue, Expo, Purple, and Red lines, commuter trains, and bus service.  Metro light rail and the subway connect downtown LA to Hollywood, Universal City, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Azusa, Long Beach and many vibrant and up-and-coming neighborhoods.

WHO WE ARE 
Founded in 1965, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is a Joint Powers Authority under California state law, established as an association of local governments and agencies that voluntarily convene as a forum to address important regional issues. Under federal law, SCAG is designated as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and under state law as a Regional Transportation Planning Agency and a Council of Governments. SCAG leads discussions and decisions that impact complex mobility issues facing this large and economically important region. From transportation systems to land use policies to air quality and public health impacts, SCAG plays a vital role in shaping Southern California's future. 

The SCAG region encompasses six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura) and 191 cities in an area covering more than 38,000 square miles. This large area encompasses urban centers and natural expanses, centers of industry, entertainment and agriculture, beaches, mountains and deserts. The agency develops long-range regional transportation plans including sustainable communities' strategy and growth forecast components, regional transportation improvement programs, regional housing needs assessments and a portion of the South Coast Air Quality management plans. SCAG's governing body, the Regional Council, consists of 86 members who are elected officials from across Southern California. 
 
WHAT WE BELIEVE

MISSION
To foster innovative regional solutions that improve the lives of Southern Californians through inclusive collaboration, visionary planning, regional advocacy, information sharing, and promoting best practices.
 
VISION
Southern California's Catalyst for a Brighter Future.

SCAG CORE VALUES

Be Open: Be accessible, candid, collaborative and transparent in the work we do.

Lead by Example: Commit to integrity and equity in working to meet the diverse needs of all people and communities in our region. 

Make an Impact: In all endeavors, effect positive and sustained outcomes that make our region thrive.

Be Courageous: Have confidence that taking deliberate, bold and purposeful risks can yield new and valuable benefits.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Research and Analysis

  • Conduct analysis of data including demographics, equity indicators, safety, trip data, and other data sets (including big data) related to active transportation planning using tools such as GIS, Excel, and common analysis platforms (SPSS, Python, etc.) to support the development of Connect SoCal and active transportation planning efforts.
  • Conduct legislative and technical research and policy analysis related to active transportation, cap and trade, public health, and other department priorities including public health.
  • Research and review available funding sources for regional and local projects, plans, and programs.
  • Support data development and research efforts to support the development of Connect SoCal and other planning initiatives.

Policy and Planning

  • Collaborate with county transportation commissions, the California Transportation Commission and Caltrans on the development and implementation of a competitive selection process forwarding funds allocated to the SCAG region as part of the Active Transportation Program (ATP) (Senate Bill 99, Chapter 359 and Assembly Bill 101, Chapter 354).
  • Support the development of Connect SoCal through policy development and stakeholder engagement to develop planning frameworks and scenarios.
  • Collaborate with county transportation commissions to implement other active transportation priorities, including developing complete streets policies, safe routes to school plans, and strategies to expedite and increase funding for active transportation.

Project Management

  • Manage and coordinate procurement of consultants for specific and targeted transportation planning studies, including development of detailed scope of work, schedule and budget.
  • Oversee and manage consultant work, including scope, budget, schedule and ultimate outcome of the project.
  • Assist in the development of ATP program guidelines with the ATP Program Manager.
  • Support local implementation of the active transportation elements of the Connect SoCal
  • Develop and implement strategies to support local planning, including by coordinating with the Sustainability Department on the guidelines and selection of projects to receive planning consultant services for active transportation planning; managing and encouraging local-use of the regional active transportation data-base, and pursuing other efforts to address gaps in local planning across the SCAG region.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Engage partners, including public health and air quality agencies, to explore opportunities to coordinate and leverage other available funds with regional ATP.
  • Support program outreach needs, in collaboration with Regional Services, to provide information and engage sub-regions, cities and counties, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Provide support for workshops and/or other forms of technical assistance to support local agencies in developing successful grant applications for the statewide and regional ATP competitions that advance the goals of the Connect SoCal, by encouraging inter-regional collaboration.
  • Lead committees, task forces, and workshops as assigned, by developing agendas, staff reports, and presentation materials and presenting information as necessary.
  • Develop agendas and coordinate Active Transportation Working Group meetings to generate input on Connect SoCal and other division activities.
  • Assist with the Regional ATP grant program working collaboratively with the County Transportation Commissions (CTC).
  • Track and maintain the database of project delivery and works with CTCs as necessary to modify the program and project list.

 

 Minimum Qualifications:

EXPERIENCE:  Associate Level: Two years of professional urban planning/policy experience that includes analysis of planning data or equivalent.
Senior Level – Four or more years of experience in transportation planning and data science with progressively increasing levels of responsibility. 

EDUCATION: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in urban planning, transportation planning, engineering, environmental studies, statistical analysis, data science, geography, or a related field. A Master's degree may substitute for one year of the required experience.

WHO YOU ARE:
The ideal candidate should have knowledge of active transportation, land use, and equity planning principles, and familiarity with travel demand modeling tools and data sets used by major metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in assessing Connect SoCal projects and strategies. You will possess excellent analytical and data management skills and will be strategic and creative thinker.
 
You should be politically astute and have advanced interpersonal skills, with experience in dealing with elected officials and in managing both high-priority projects and large-scale consultant contracts. You will have the ability to interpret technical data, have effective verbal and written communication skills, have the ability to develop public policy, and have excellent presentation and public speaking skills.

Knowledge of: Principles of urban planning with emphasis in land use, transportation, and environmental planning; and understanding of the relationships between the built environment, transportation network, economy, equity, and overall sustainability; Applicable data analysis tools including GIS, Excel, and other data management programs; Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing transportation policies, urban development practices and funding sources for public agencies.  Knowledge of local government, community planning and engagement strategies, active transportation planning, including safe routes to school and first-last mile planning; public relations, media advocacy and community affairs; principles of journalism including standard format, AP style rules, grammar, spelling, and editorial styles; English composition; principles, practices, methods, and techniques of communication; marketing and media principles and concepts; development and implementation of public outreach programs, community political organizing techniques, grass roots organizing techniques, equipment, tools, methods and materials used in preparing, presenting and disseminating communication products and services.
 
Ability to: Participate in a variety of public meetings by making presentations and recommendations on various aspects of the planning program; analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports; respond to public requests and inquiries; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships, team spirit, and collaboration with those contacted in the course of work; analyze complex problems and identify logical solutions; interpret regional planning programs to the general public and to member agencies; independently investigate planning problems; perform professional planning work with minimum supervision.

Important Applicant Information: SCAG provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, SCAG complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
 
SCAG expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of SCAG's employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including termination.
                                                                                                                                                       
SCAG RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR REVOKE, WITHOUT NOTICE, ANY OR ALL OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BULLETIN PRIOR TO THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT, AND TO WAIVE ANY NON SUBSTANTIVE JOB REQUIREMENT AND MAKE SUBJECTIVE DECISIONS INTERPRETING AND ASSESSING THE SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS OF ANY CANDIDATE, INCLUDING THE DETERMINATION THAT NONE OF THE CANDIDATES, EVEN THOSE WHO MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THE POSITION.

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